The Pedagogy of Real Talk
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The Pedagogy of Real Talk
Engaging, Teaching, and Connecting With Students at Risk

Foreword by David Osher



© 2016 | 208 pages | Corwin

For students at risk, Real Talk means real results!

To successfully teach struggling students, connection and trust come first. Author Paul Hernandez, a former student at risk, is now a nationally recognized, award-winning educator and trainer. His Real Talk is a practical methodology that helps education professionals build rapport with students while creating learning experiences that are relevant…and life-changing. The results are transformed classroom and school environments, engaged students, and higher achievement.

The Pedagogy of Real Talk guides readers through every step of implementation. They will

  • Develop an understanding of the education research and theories that underlie the Real Talk approach
  • Learn the how-to’s for implementing Real Talk with any group of learners
  • Benefit from case studies and lessons learned

Real Talk is the smart, inspiring action plan that can help you make a difference in your students’ school experience, from your first classroom conversation to graduation day.

“This book should be required reading for any educator (future, present, or past) who is dedicated to giving voice to students who have become marginalized by our current educational practices and society as a whole. By creating a culture in which students feel safe exposing their own hopes and fears and discussing their realities, we have real opportunities to establish content and context connections that lend relevance to our students’ learning.”
Rich Hall, Principal
Henrico County Public Schools


“Most of us really do care about our students, and especially our at-risk students. But we’re out of ideas for how to work with students who don’t want to be in school, don’t want to engage, won’t do the work—students who don’t want to learn. In this book, Paul Hernandez gives caring teachers a useful tool for connecting with at-risk students and for reaffirming that, deep down, they really do want to learn, after all.”
Scott Hollinger, University Professor and Instructional Coach
Teachers College, Columbia University

 
Foreword by David Osher
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Introduction
Students at Risk  
The Reseacher  
MSU HEP  
The Pedagogy  
 
2. Real Talk
The Theoretical Foundations of Real Talk  
Refinement of the Pedagogy of Real Talk  
The Pedagogy of Real Talk and Other Approaches  
 
3. The Students, Their Experiences, and the Academic Results
Inception of the Case Study  
HEP Student Participants  
The Results  
 
4. Implementing Real Talk in the HEP Program
Dialogue  
Relating to Students  
Structure  
Clarity  
Redundancy  
Enthusiasm  
Appropriate Pace  
Maximized Engagement  
 
5. Flexibility, Adaptability, and Effort
Flexibility  
Adaptability  
Effort  
 
6. Terministic Screens and Real Talk Discussions
Terministic Screens  
Real Talk  
 
7. Dealing With the Exceptions
The Case of PB  
The Case of Jessie  
The Case of LB  
The Challenge to Teachers  
 
8. Implementing Real Talk in Any Classroom
 
9. The Training of Teachers
The Basic Components and Foundations of the Pedagogy  
Connections Through Real Talk  
Another Real Talk Example  
Maintaining Connections  
 
10. Training: Alternative Lessons
Alternative Lesson Examples  
 
11. Training and Feedback
 
12. New Beginnings
 
Appendices
 
Bibliography
 
Index

“Every effective teacher should have an arsenal of researched tools when working with the diverse populations entering today’s classroom. This book is an approach that will work with many kids in a positive, comfortable way.”

 

Dano Beal, Teacher
Seattle Public Schools

“This book should be required reading for any educator (future, present, or past) who is dedicated to giving voice to those students who have become marginalized by our current educational practices and society as a whole. By creating a culture in which students feel safe exposing their own hopes and fears and discussing their realities, we have real opportunities to establish content and context connections that establish relevance for our students’ learning.”

Rich Hall, Principal
Henrico County Public Schools

“Most of us really do care about our students, and especially our at-risk students. But we’re out of ideas for how to work with students that don’t want to be in school, don’t want to engage, won’t do the work—students that don’t want to learn. In this book, author Paul Hernandez gives caring teachers a useful tool for connecting with at-risk students and for reaffirming that, deep down, they really do want to learn, after all.”

Scott Hollinger, University Professor and Instructional Coach
Teachers College, Columbia University

"...This resource is both practical and useful. The focus of several chapters is on questioning the world where students design solutions to real local and global environmental problems. What better way to motivate a group of middle school students! If you currently have a Maker’s Space or are starting from scratch, this resource provides many divergent ideas which would fill every need, activity, space, and student..."

NSTA Recommends, March 2015

"In this book, Hernandez, who was himself a student at risk, outlines an action plan called Real Talk.  It is a practical methodology for teachers who seek to engage students in issues that are important to them and that reflect their own lives.  The ultimate goal is for students to share their experiences with others.  Because too many students have had bad experiences with misguided teachers, Hernandez (sociology, Central Michigan Univ.) argues that it is important for teachers to also share their personal experiences so students see them as human beings, not simply as authority figures.  Hernandez works hard at making sure that Real Talk moves students toward addressing issues in the curriculum they need to learn.  In his methodology, he stresses both structure and flexibility, pointing out the necessity to be responsive both to specific students and to the entire class.  Throughout, Hernandez provides many real life stories from a range of teachers of various subjects; this is one of the book's strengths.  Another strength is the author's style of freely discussing when he failed with certain students—and why.  The author's self-examination and desire to constantly improve his teaching will resonate with many teachers."

S. Sugarman, emerita
Vermont State Colleges
Choice Connect
Key features
  • This book provides practical tools to engage at-risk students.
  • It contains profiles of the subjects involved in the case study to allow readers to understand the types of students for whom this pedagogy has worked.
  • The book describes how individual teachers in a variety of subject areas have implemented the pedagogy, including sample lessons and real talks used to do so.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1


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